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A journey undertaken on Dublin Bus route 15 on the 12th June 2015
After promising to do it since 2013, it is finally time for Dublin Bus route 15 to be featured on this website. The route can trace its origins right back to the very first tram line in Dublin city which opened in 1872. Initially it ran between Dublin and Rathgar before it was extended to Terenure. In 1948 buses replaced trams on the 15 but over the following decades the route went into decline, and was overtaken by the 15B to be the main route on the corridor. For a period the 15 was cancelled altogether before it made a comeback, initially as a peak-only service. For many years it was the main service to Scholarstown and was a route that regularly featured Olympians from Ringsend Garage.
biggest change to the route came in 2011 when, under Network Direct, it
was merged with the 74 and 128, and runs at a ten-minute frequency
throughout the day. It is the only real cross-city route in Dublin too.
It starts on the northern edge at Clongriffin and uses Clare Hall Avenue
to reach the Malahide Road. It then runs south along here, through
Fairview, before it reaches the City Centre. After passing along
George's Street and Camden Street it serves Rathmines, Rathgar, Terenure
and Templeogue. It then passes through Knocklyon, crosses the M50 and
reaches the Ballycullen Road where it terminates. After the changes were
first introudced it terminated on Stocking Avenue with the 15B but due
to road capacity constraints it was moved slightly back along the route
to terminate at Ballycullen Road. The two terminii are about a three
minute walk apart. And they are located right on the edge of the city at the foot of the Dublin Mountains.
with other Network Direct routes, it is split between two garages -
Ringsend and Harristown. The former was responsible for the old 15 and
74, while the latter operated the 128. The merging now sees Ringsend
buses operate further north than they ever had previously. As mentioned,
the 15 was known to feature a lot of RVs (although it was not a
monopoly and AVs did also appear) but when the changes were introduced
it became a full low-floor route. Except for a while one working was a
regular for an RV as they worked out their final days with Dublin Bus.
Many bus enthusiasts travelled on the 11:30 departure from Clongriffin
and RV 530 was a regular on it. A special panel was even put on the
blind to show "Clongriffin". It was also my first experience of the new route when I travelled on it in December 2011. Today the route is predominately operated
by AVs and AXs though VGs, GTs and SGs can appear on occasion.
On the day I travelled on AX 504 from Harristown Garage.